Kingpins Show announced plans to return to in-person events, beginning with the comfort of its hometown.
The denim supply chain event will return to New York City on Dec. 6-7. The trade show will take place at Pier 36, the river-side location that it has used since 2017. “What was once a place that seems like one shoe size too big, is now in pandemic times the perfect fit with massive space for people to feel safe and practice social distancing,” Kingpins said about the venue in an email on Thursday.
The trade show organizers, however, confirmed that it will not be hosting its biannual Amsterdam event in October, which draws a large European crowd. “This was not an easy decision because we want to do the show more than words can explain, but we just feel it’s not the right time for Kingpins to run,” the company stated about the Dutch event.
The last time Kingpins Amsterdam took place was in October 2019. Instead, a virtual Kingpins24 event will take place this fall.
With parts of the denim supply chain still ravaged by the coronavirus and guidelines for international travel in flux, industry events are expected to cater to a more local audience.
Work calendars in the U.S. are filling up with live industry events.
Project: Miami will take place July 10-12 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The apparel trade show will take place near Destination: Miami by Coterie, a women’s resortwear and swimwear market event at Eden Roc Hotel. Both will offer shopping opportunities for pre-spring and spring/summer buying seasons.
Liberty Fairs will host its first trade show in Miami during the same time. The dual-gender apparel and accessories trade show announced it is partnering with Cabana, a resort-focused trade show, to host their first joint physical event at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Liberty is also joining forces with men’s trade show, L.A. Men’s Market, to host a new event on Aug. 4-5 under the Liberty Fairs name.
The industry will then flock to Las Vegas for Magic, Project and Sourcing at Magic, taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center Aug. 8-11.
Back in NYC, Texworld New York City will host a modified version of its event July 20-22 at the Starrett-Lehigh Building and the children’s apparel trade show, Playtime New York, will return Aug. 1-3 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
The women’s apparel event, Coterie New York, remains on Informa’s schedule for Sept. 19-21 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
The event will feature “newly refocused merchandising strategies” that bring apparel, footwear and accessories together to help attendees shop a “complete look.” Courtney Bradarich, vice president of contemporary women’s market, said brands and retailers can expect a “product forward shopping experience designed to increase discovery and connection.” Guests will also be able to take part in educational programming featuring industry talent and fresh voices.
Online events will continue to bridge the industry. The in-person Coterie event will be accompanied by a digital showroom platform will be available before, during and after the event, which will further extend shopping and connection opportunities for both brands and buyers. Along with plans to host a Kingpins24 event in the fall, organizers are gearing up for Kingpins24 Australia June 23-24. Denim Premiere Vision will launch its Digital Denim Week July 5-9. The extended online event will offer seasonal trend previews and discussions on sustainable topics.